Holly Hawthorne

Principal Holly Hawthorne
Arlington Traditional School

As the principal, I am responsible for the overall operation of the school. I am proud to be the principal of Arlington Traditional School, a countywide National Blue Ribbon School 2012 and 2004. I believe great schools don’t happen by chance, they happen by design. ATS is noted for its adherence to traditional education. The ABCs of Success – Academics, Behavior, and Character are essential ingredients of that traditional program.   My goal is to engage, educate, and empower all students. For this school year, my hope and dream is that every child is healthy, safe, supported, and academically engaged and challenged.

Professional Background
I am a native Arlingtonian and a product of Arlington Public Schools (Walter Reed, Swanson, Washington-Lee). I taught grades two through six for 14 years (Woodmont, Taylor, and Randolph); was a teacher mentor; and an assistant principal (Key and Abingdon). I have been principal at Arlington Traditional School since 1992. I spend time observing and participating in the classroom as well as greeting children in the morning and saying goodbye in the afternoon.

I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Lynchburg College, M.Ed. from The George Washington University, and advanced studies from University of Virginia. I also attended the Harvard Principals’ Institute. I hold a Commonwealth of Virginia Post Graduate Professional License for Elementary School Principal, Middle School Principal, Elementary Grades 1-7, Gifted and TSIPS certified.

Throughout my career, I have been fortunate to earn several awards and recognitions that include Educator of the Year, American Association of University Women, 2006; Washington Post Distinguished Educational Leadership Award, 2005-2006; Arlington Public Schools Principal of the Year 2005; Outstanding Undergraduate Alumni Award from the School of Education and Human Development 2001; Outstanding Young Educator Award from Arlington Jaycee Chapter 1989.

Personal Interests
I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. My husband is a physicist with Northrop Grumman. My two sons live in New York City and work in the theater; one as a Broadway Production Stage Manager and one as an actor (presently the lead on the National Tour of An American in Paris!). I also enjoy traveling, especially in Europe, playing golf and watching tennis, and spending time with friends.

Literary Connection
One of my favorite books is My Side of the Mountain by Jean George. I love this book about Sam Gribley, a 12-year-old boy who does not like living in his cramped New York City apartment with his eight brothers and sisters. He decides to run away to his great-grandfather’s abandoned farm in the Catskill Mountains in upstate New York to live in the wilderness. In the mountains he lives in a treehouse with Frightful, his pet peregrine falcon, and The Baron, a weasel that he befriends. This book is about character development, courage, and discovering that you can do anything if you set your mind to it.